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A Minnesota Man Allowed a Couple to Stay in a Camper on His Property. Then, He Told His Guests to Leave and Wound Up Dead.

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Apr. 8 2024, Published 2:05 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man was sentenced to nearly four decades in prison after he murdered his onetime friend.

On Oct. 2, 2019, J. Nicholas Cramer murdered Frank Gerald Meyer in the heat of a feud between the pair that had been escalating.

According to Bring Me the News, Meyer was found dead in his garage six days after he was shot multiple times, beaten and suffocated.

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Court records show Meyer had been allowing Cramer and his wife to live in a camper on his property. However, shortly before the brutal murder, Meyer told the couple that they needed to go.

Investigators searched the Cramers’ camper and located multiple .22 caliber cartridge cases, which reportedly matched cases of the same caliber found outside Meyer’s garage.

Experts then analyzed the case and determined they were fired by the same weapon.

Investigators also took into evidence two bloody metal pipes found in the camper, which appeared consistent with the weapon used to cause the injuries to Meyer’s body.

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A St. Louis County jury convicted Cramer last year of second-degree intentional murder.

A St. Louis County judge recently sentenced the defendant to over 36 years in prison.

In an impact statement, the Duluth News Tribune reported, Meyer's daughter called the victim “the best dad anyone could wish for.”


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